The deadliest industrial disaster in history took place 25 years ago in Bhopal, India. Thousands died immediately, when, just after midnight on Dec. 3, 1984, 40 tons of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) gas escaped a pesticide plant owned by U.S. chemical company, Union Carbide. Many more died over time due to exposure to the poisonous gas.
The incident occurred because of Union Carbide's various cost cutting measures, leading to a lack of adequate safety mechanisms, enabling the perfect storm to occur. Union Carbide, and its law firm, however, claimed that the incident was due to employee negligence and sabotage.
Many survivors in Bhopal still suffer chronic health problems and continue to fight Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemical. Activists demand that the company needs to decontaminate the former site, as well as pay a fairer compensation. Survivors only received about $500 each, and families of those who perished received around $1,000, after Union Carbide reached a $470 million settlement with the Indian government in 1989.
25 years later, Bhopalis are still active in their quest for justice. This film briefly explores what happened in Bhopal 25 years ago, and what is happening today.